"washington post" and abc news, 49% of likely voters say they would vote for president obama. 47% say they would vote for mitt romney. those numbers have not moved since early last month. they are in a statistical tie there when you account for the margin of error. in the swing states, the president's lead grows to 11 points among likely voters. 52% to 41%. in ohio, a new poll shows the president leading 51% to 42%. a nine-point spread. in august, the same poll had the two candidates tied at 45%. in iowa, paul ryan will be campaigning today. the des moines register has the president leading 49% to 45%, just 2% there are undecided. those numbers raising the stakes for the romney campaign ahead of wednesday's debate. right now expectations are with the president. 55% of likely voters expect him to win the debate. in preparation for the match-up, the president is hunkered down with his aides in nevada, romney spent the weekend practicing in boston. both sides looking to play the role of underdog in the debate, downplaying expectations and talking up the opponent, but not chris christie who sp
candidates will be in virginia today. it's one of 30 states where early voting is already underway. it's a state president obama won in 2008 by more than 6% and where a polling average from real clear politics shows the president up by 4 1/2 points. this follows a busy day on the trail yesterday. both candidates held dueling rallies as they crisscrossed ohio. there mitt romney tried to brush back suggestions his campaign was faltering in the state of ohio after polls showed him trailing the president by ten points. >> i'm very pleased with some polls, less so with other polls. but frankly at this early stage, polls go up and down. i don't expect to get 100% of the vote. i hope to get 50 plus and make sure i become the next president. >> the republican candidates cited two national polls from gallup that he says have the numbers even. but the current nationwide gallup daily tracking poll has president obama lead 50g% to 44%. again that, is a national poll. not terribly significant. romney spent most of the day in ohio trying to repair the damage from the hidden video comments about the 47%.
state to begin early in person voting. ohio will do the same on tuesday. for the second time in two days, president obama and mitt romney spent the day campaigning in the same state. yesterday the candidates descended on virginia, a state that could be a new political bellwether. a poll out last night shows the two candidates neck and neck in the old dominion. they released ads this week that could be their campaigns closing arguments with each ad showing the candidate speaking directly into the camera and directly to the american people. but yesterday the obama campaign followed that up with a tough commercial using his opponent's own words against him. >> i'm barack obama and i approve this message. >> there are 47% of the people who vote for the president no matter what. they believe they're victims. who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them. who believe that they're entitled to health care and food, housing, you name it. and they will vote for this president no matter what. so my job is not to worry about those 47%. they should take personal responsibilit
some weeks i'm ahead. some weeks i'm behind. you know, all these states that voted for barack obama last night right now, the majority of people in those states are saying they don't want to volt for barack obama. >> meanwhile, the president in new york city for the general assembly. one of his first order, taping an interview with the the ladies of "the view." among his opponent's tax returns. >> he was asked does he think it's fair that he pays a lower tax rate than somebody making $50,000 a year and he said, yes, i think it's fair and i also think that's the way you get economic growth. >> i just got a different vision about how we grow an economy. i think, barbara, you grow an economy from the middle out, not from the top down. >> it wasn't just the president talking about taxes. secretary clinton also weighed in on the issue during a speech at the clinton global initiative. >> one of the issues that i have been preaching about around the world is collecting taxes in an equitable manner, especially from the elite in every country. you know, i'm out of american politics but -- [
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